seconde

seconde

[si-kond; French suh-gawnd]
noun, plural secondes [si-kondz; French suh-gawnd] . Fencing.
the second of the eight defensive positions.

Origin:
1680–90; < French, feminine of second second1

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seconde (sɪˈkɒnd, French səɡɔ̃d)
 
n
the second of eight positions from which a parry or attack can be made in fencing
 
[C18: from French seconde parade the second parry]

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